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USS Green Bay

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Arrives in Cairns

ICOM IC-M23

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Question: When is an ICOM IC-M23 not an ICOM IC-M23.Answer: Always.And this is the story. I have two handheld radios on board Reboot. Despite changing them, installing new batteries and being very careful in their use they always die long before I am done. Since a handheld is a major safety item in the dinghy I decided I better purchase a new one before heading to Indonesia. Icom™ makes excellent radio equipment. They were my choice. I purchased the IC-M23 as I only needed a budget model. My only concern was the charger. Australia is 240V 50Hz and Reboot is wired for 110V 60Hz. Most new electronics come with "world chargers" as did the Icom. A simple plug adapter and I was good to go. Or so I thought. I was wrong. It turns out that Icom tailors their radios to "country of use." As a world cruiser my answer is of course ALL OF THEM! That is not how it works. My new radio has International and US channel sets but does not have Canadian or ATIS. Interesting. And disap…

AIS and Marine Traffic

Whenever I leave Reboot at anchor I am always concerned that she will drag. In the past there was no way of knowing. Enter AIS and web based tracking systems like Marine Traffic. If the AIS pn Reboot is left on I can get detailed position information from my web browser. It is usually not. Ore than a couple of minutes old. I can look up Reboot and confirm she is still in the same place. Nice. Fair winds and following seas :)

Worst Solar Day

Today is the solstice. If you are "down under" as Reboot is at the moment it is the shortest day of the year. If I was "home" (home is where the IRS thinks I live) then it is the longest day of the year. So, happy solstice! As a cruising sailor today has significant emotional connotations. Long term cruising viability depends on two things: food and power. It is unlikely that one could catch enough food to survive in the long term. So we provision. Power on the other hand represents a set of trade offs. We can use fuel to move or make water. We use it to run the navigation electronics, communications and lights. Reboot has two sources of fuel: diesel and solar. (Some boats also have wind generators.) Since like food we can only replenish diesel in port solar is a very significant source of power. Today is the worst day for solar power generation. (Yes, rainy and cloudy days are bad but they are not cyclical.) The shortest day means least power generation, the lon…

Solar woes

Having solar panels on a cruising sailboat is just about a given. People talk about how many watts of solar they have. But I was reminded that sometimes it just doesn't work out. On my trip from Gladstone to Cairns I was heading North(ish) the entire way. The sails shaded the solar panels. Even on a bright sunny day I did not get much charge. Fair winds and following seas :)

Not great sailing

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Fair winds and following seas :)Captain Roger J Jones

MOVREP 171835ZJUN2017 Reboot

Underway to Cairns20 15.898 S
148 43.087 E
Course 345 T
Speed 4.0 Knots
Wind SW 10
Wave Flat
Sky Clear with ground haze
Baro 10211 POB + 1 (wonder) cat + cat material
ETA 3 daysCaptain Roger J Jones

Night Lights

I am in the anchorage area of Airlie Beach. Since I am on the edge I leave my AIS on and show an anchor light at night. There are a large number of boats on mooring balls. They don't show anchor lights. At night I feel like I am alone but when the sun comes up i have dozens of boats near me. It is a very strange feeling. Fair winds and following seas :)

Scarry

I recently had a very scarry experience. We who use Facebook all know that we are told that FB is concerned about our privacy. Maybe, but not from FB. Of course the "add friends who are not on Facebook yet" comes from uploading your contacts. Now you can turn this off but that just stops the updates. Apparently you can delete the original upload but I have been unsuccessful finding the switch. But here is what happened that is even more concerning. It happened in "people you might know." One suggestion linked to a beautiful young girl. I had no idea who she was or why she was suggested . After a couple of hours of subconscious though it dawned on me that 20 years ago I knew a man near my age with the same last name. He had a beautiful wife and at least one very young daughter. We have not spoken nor emailed each other in 20 years. My current Facebook email address did not exist 20 years ago. You have guessed the punchline. This beautiful young woman was his grown u…

SITREP 150316ZJUN2017

At anchor, Airlie Beach20 15.309 S
148 43.701 E Interesting transit. Mostly moderate winds and seas. Wind would die at sunset and come back several hours later. Until I got within 25 nm of Airlie Beach. Then 6' waves and 25 knot winds. Made for a long final approach. Now at anchor. Will relax and make sure the anchor has a good set. Into town tomorrow. Fair winds and following seas :)

MOVREP 142100ZJUN2017 (Reboot)

20 37.766 S
149 00.436 E
Course 338 T
Speed 7.0 knots
Wind S 23 G 27
Wave S 4 - 6 feet
Sky 40% Cumulus
Barometer 1024 38.6 NM to Airlie BeachAll OK

MOVREP 091800ZJUN2917

21 55.799 S
150 25.149 E
Course 308 True
Speed 4.5 knots
Wind SSE 18 knots
Wave SW 3-5 feet
Sky 10%
Barometer 1025 142 nm to go All OK. Near Townshend Island. Pretty night. Almost full moon. XO has been very needy. Wants to cuddle for warmth. He had a pukie moment but managed to not throw up. I think he is dealing with a hairball and I will see it soon. Doing some detailed planning for Indonesia. Apparently very few services until we get to Bali. That means being provisioned for the transit and another six weeks. After Airlie Beach I stop in Cairns for mail and on to the rally fleet rendezvous at Thursday Island. It looks to me like the best place to load up will be Arlie. So provisioning like an ocean transit. My wallet will take a hit! One of the hardest things to find when I was island hopping in the Pacific was pet supplies. I will have to bulk up on litter and food. Should be fun to find a place to store everything. Fortunately I took advantage of my Pacific crossing experience an…

Apparent Wind

The wind is so light that even though it is coming almost from the stern the boat motion has shifted it so I am close hauled. No, I am not going anywhere fast. Fair winds and following seas :)

MOVREP (Reboot)

All OK 130321ZJUN2017 22 39.928 S
150 55.961 E
Course 336 T
Speed 4.5 kt Wind S 12.3 (True wind)
Wave WSW 3 feet
Baro 1022 - 2
Sky Clear 211 nm to go Fair winds and following seas :)

Peaked Island

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OK! I am alone out here except for the cat! Fair winds and following seas :)

North to Airlie Beach

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Lots of islands to miss north of Gladstone. Fair winds and following seas :)

Underway Again

After several hours at anchor waiting for the wind shift it finally came. Weird to anchor 3 miles offshore but did not want to drop by mistake on the Great Barrier Reef. Plus, the further one goes in, the further one must sail out. Fair winds and following seas :)

Forecast

Underway to Airlie Beach. The forecast is for winds from the South. I am heading Northeast. Of course the winds are from the Northeast. Quality. Fair winds and following seas :)

XO Prepares for Sea

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Yes, he is under there somewhere. Fair winds and following seas :)

Its Finest Hour

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Is over. Can not complain too much. It lasted 22 years. That is not completely true. This was the GPS readout. The sensor lost its mind in 2007. The readout was still valuable as it got data off the bus. Fa winds and following seas :)

Keeping Watch

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XO on the bridge

Victory

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The new coffee pot!

Aussie Navy

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My new Aussie Navy hat. Fair winds and following seas :)

London Attack

This is not a post about sailing...As I travel the world I am frequently asked about the "gun culture" of the USA. I usually answer that except for acquaintances who hunt and an occasional trip to the range I don't really know much about it other than the right to arm oneself is burned into the American psyche. As I read the most recent news about London it struck me that this could have happened in New York, LA, Chicago (where only gang members carry) or a number of other major cities in the US. All have taken intense steps to disarm their law abiding citizens. Since every major massacre in the US in recent history has taken place in a "gun free zone" this strategy seems to have major problems. I don't know the right answer. But the fact is that there are thousands of these crazy people in Europe and the USA already. More border controls may keep more out but that is just closing the barn door after the horse is gone. I don't see "shelter in place…

Upwind woes

Question:Reboot (a 42' Catalina) is an excellent light air boat. That is great most of the time. Rounding Fisher Island into Hervey Bay (near Bundaberg, Australia) I was confronted with 25 knot winds gusting 30 and 2 meter breaking seas. My destination (Bundaberg) was directly up wind. With my jib set at 30% of "J" I was close to theoretical hull speed. My main was on the "fourth reef", that is the furling bag on the boom. I couldn't point high enough to make any real headway. When I tacked the set and drift nullified my progress. I was solo sailing but considered putting up the main to the third reef to point higher. I was very concerned that I'll lose control if I did. Being solo means all sail changes are very slow. Thoughts on how you would handle this situation?Postscript: Finding myself blown 25 nm north of Bundaberg with wind and wave forecast unchanged for the next three days and low on fuel I boogied to Gladstone. I considered motoring into Bun…

Gladstone

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Yes, it's a major port. The John Wulff. Fair winds and following seas :)

Deck Stuff

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Always interesting what you find on deck after a transit. Fair winds and following seas :)

Tasman Sea

Goodbye to the Tasman sea. Hello again Coral Sea. I was told that the trip to Sydney was pretty easy and the trip back not so much. Sage advice. I left Sydney with two crew. After several days of miserable conditions we decided to go into Scarborough to refuel. They decided to bail as one of them was seasick for the entire trip. I got fuel. The forecast was for strong Southerly winds. Rather than getting beaten up anchored off Scarborough I decided to continue North. Decent trip until I reached the top of Fisher Island. Made the turn and headed for Bundaberg. Which of course was directly upwind. I made it across Hervey Bay in 25 to 30 knot winds and 6 to 9 foot seas. I ended up about 20 nm north of the harbor entrance as that was the best course I could hold. I anchored overnight and rolled and pitched. In the morning the wind had not abated and the forecast was for at least 3 more days of strong southeastern winds. I gave up and decided to head down wind to Gladstone. This of course …

Reboot MOVREP

Wind, waves and the forecast (not to mention my fuel state) are conspiring against making port in Bundaberg. Am heading north to Gladstone.I will miss Bundaberg. It was my first port of call in Australia. Fair winds and following seas :)

US Tax Structure as Candy

Boat Bite

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This is why I always wear a harness, life jacket, and PLB (personal locator beacon) in the cockpit and on deck. I was leaning over the grill to work on something when the grill decided to tip over. It is attached to the safety rail. Over I went with it. Fortunately, I did the drop with the knees and stayed in Reboot. Scary. The tension on the harness was most welcome. I did not, however, emerge unscathed. Fair winds and following seas :)

Nothing is simple

Before we left Sydney I tightened the fan belt on the advice of the mechanic. On our trip across Morton Bay this morning of course it snapped. Fortunately there was no wind and waves so I replaced the belt with no drama. I love cruising. Fair winds and following seas :)

Playing Cards

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Can I put my butt in the middle of the card table?

Reboot at Anchor

270759ZMAY2017
27 12.788 S
153 22.019 EMorton Island
All OK.Off Morton Island

Log Entry 242152ZMAY2017

Verbatim
*******"It has been a very rough trip so far. The weather was pretty when we departed Sydney. Sunny, nice South winds. The wind shifted to the North* directly on our heading. It was so light we could not point worth a darn. Cléia was seasick most of the time. And the battery voltage was low. We kept all the electronics off except the radio and AIS off. Several days of overcast skies and rain, plus we are at the short days and long nights part of the year. The first night we had thunderstorms on my watch as we were making about 1.5 knots. We were almost hit by the C/S Tokyo. We were both running AIS. Why he chose to miss me by 100 feet is beyond me. We tried to tack but the wind was so light and the current so strong. We made almost no headway. Finally out of frustration I decided to motor North to make some progress until the wind changed. We did, which had the effect of charging the batteries. It also burned a lot of fuel for a SOG of about 2 knots. It was very frustrat…

22 May 2017 20:16Z

Reboot33 20.89 S
152 39.02 E
Course 005 True
Speed 2 knotsWinds SE variable below 10 knots
Seas SE 1.5 meters
Sky 80%
Bar 1023 steadyA long night. First sail with Clélia and Camille. We made it out of Sydney Harbor under sail and then slowly turned North as the wind shifted. We were doing OK until about 10 pm local. At that point there was a thunderstorm ahead of us. We turned East for the rest of the night. We are now well East of our track and have made very little progress North. The good news is we avoided the thunderstorm. Sunrise was welcomed as I had been cold all night. Battery voltage is a concern. After overcast skies for a couple of days the batteries were not topped off when we left. Since we sailed rather than motored we did not generate electricity from the engine. As a result we ran a one hour charge from the engine in the middle of the night. Fair winds and following seas :)

Underway

Cast off, heading out of Sydney. North (but not to Alaska!)Roger / Reboot / W2ZDB / WDB8435

New Crew

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Ah. New crew. New things to cover in fur! Fair winds and following seas :)

State of the Nation

As I travel around the world I am often asked about US politics. These questions have intensified since the election of President Trump. I choose to keep my blog politically neutral. However when one adds BRIXIT, the recent French election and the daily tweetstorm about President Trump I found this article enlightening and distressing. So, nope, not about dirty hulls or great anchorages. 100% political.http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/19/watching-slow-motion-coup-detat/#.WR84WAG5yHY.twitter

Embarrassing

In the spirit of sharing I will take one for the team. Those who follow my blog know that we have been having propulsion problems. First step was to dive on the boat and make sure the prop was not fouled. It was cold, I am old, so a crew member checked it out. Nothing obvious. Next high drama with the engine. Filters, air cleaner, bleeding, etc. Multiple expensive Uber trips for parts. Lots of smell. No joy. Next excellent mechanic (Ian Hume at Hume Marine Sydney (+61 4488 14087) Nope, engine and transmission are fine. Professional diver (Barry at Harbour Dive Sydney +61 (0) 424 638 677.) Shaft and cutless bearing look fine. Folding prop folding fine. "Oh, by the way, lots on marine growth on the prop. Should we clean it?" "Please." Clean prop. Problem solved. Duh!!!!!!Special kudos to the Australian Department of Biosecurity who offered to work out a way to get Reboot hauled with XO on board. Fortunately it did not come to that. Occam's Razor........ Fair wind…

Ready to Rally

It looks like our problems are resolved. Plan to depart for Cairns next weather window. Fair winds and following seas :)

The fourth picture.

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After great demand (one reader.) Hope I finally got it right. The fourth picture.

Hyacinthe Gabrielle Roland, a French actress (and possible prostitute) who like "the Polastron," escaped the Revolution.  She married Richard Wellesley the first Marquis Wellesley, after they lived together for quite a while and had a few children.  One of same, to wit Anne Wellesley, is in Queen Elizabeth's (and therefore Prince Chuck's and Duke William's and Prince George's line, via her mother the Queen Mother's mother's.
Princess Frederica (or Fredericke) is in a private collection.

The Duchesse de Polignac is at the Museum of Versailles and the Trianon

The self-portrait is at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas

Hyacinthe Roland, the Queen's ancestor, is the Legion of Honor building of the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts
Fair winds and following seas :)




Biblical

Back to sailing... And [Job] said, (...): the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD". Had we not had engine problems we would be in the Whitsundays where the forecast is for gale force winds and torrential (but not biblical) rains. Fair winds and following seas :)

Fwd: Vigée Portraits in Your Blog

I call my brother "the font of all wisdom." And he is. And I love him. So the attached. Re the missing portrait: for some reason it would not download. Sad because she was by far the most beautiful and scandalous. PS Next he will tell me where they are hung so you can see them in person.
Hi:

You've got them labeled wrong, Roger.
In your post, the first on the left (big hair, off the shoulder dress) is Hyacinthe Roland, the Queen's ancestor. The second (white blouse, red ribbon) is the artist, Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. The third (dressed in "Shepherdess Chic") is the Duchess of Polignac.
You're missing Frederick the Great's niece, Princess Frederica.
All of these portraits, seen live, are quite stunning.  Vigée ravishes her viewers with painterly reality.  They are alive on the canvass.  Frederica and Polignac are particularly captivating.

English Queens

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This is a very politically incorrect post. Do not read on if easily offended. In the spirit of humor.We (the "Royal we") are aware that the current Duchess of Cambridge is quite attractive. So was Lady Diana. So the question is: Was Queen Hillary's failed coronation an consequence of losing out in the looks contest to Melania Trump? For comparison lets look at some historical English Queens in the photos attached.Now as for quality looks, let me offer up these three women, all painted by Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
#1:  Princess Frederika Louisa Dorothea Phillippine von Hohenzollern, a niece of Frederick the Great, later Princess Radziwill by marriage.
#2:  Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, later Duchesse de Polignac by marriage, a great favorite of Marie Antoinette.
#3:  The artist in an early self-portrait.

Batteries die in darkness*

Since Reboot spends months away from shore power I am always very cognizant of the battery voltage. I have noticed recently that they don't seem to be getting quite the charge they have been getting in the past. Since I recently replaced both the batteries and the solar controllers this has been a bit of concern. This morning I had a epiphany. It's fall. We are only getting 10 1/2 hours of sunlight (here down under.) The charge cycles are shorter, the discharge cycles longer. The battery voltage reflects that. Not really a big deal. We are talking about a 0.1 volt difference. But I do notice it. Where it does really show up is in cruising. When the electric autopilot, the multifunction display, the VHF, the AIS and the tricolor are running all night there is quite a noticeable difference. (Yes, I use the Monitor wind steering, keep the multifunction display at minimum intensity, and have LED bulbs.) Fair winds and following seas :) * Warning - this part gets political. Stop re…

Elevator

Elevator we got the shaft. It turns out that the problem does not seem to be the engine or transmission but rather the drive shaft is binding. You know, the one I paid $3,000 to have replaced 8 months ago! Fair winds and following seas:)

Uber (revisited)

Today I asked my Uber driver how long he had been driving for Uber. "15 months." He has a perfect 5 .0 rating. He didn't know. Amazing! Fair winds and following seas :)

Stuck in Sydney

Still no joy on debugging the diesel engine. Mechanic to arrive this morning at 8:30. At 9:30 still no mechanic. Text. At 10:30 get reply. Will come tomorrow. Wonderful. Fair winds and following seas:)

Uber

Uber is a great service for world cruisers. Not only is it cheaper than cabs but the drivers have a lot of local knowledge. When public transit doesn't go where I want or takes too much time I Uber. I was surprised to find out from my driver the other day that they don't know the destination when they accept the ride. It is not disclosed until you are in the car. So no turning down rides that they don't want. Interesting. Fair winds and following seas :)

Beautiful

Filter wrench

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Bought a new filter wrench yesterday. We now have four (4) on Reboot. No clue where I stored the other three! Fair winds and following seas :)

Indefinite Delay

Reboot is still in (Sydney) Hunters Bay. We have clogged fuel filters and are waiting for spares. Fair winds and following seas :)

Voltmeter

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A "marine" digital voltmeter costs 220 USD. A digital ammeter the same. This cost me $1.98 from Hong Kong. With a bit of drilling and filing Manuel and I got it mounted where it can be seen from anywhere in the salon. Fair winds and following seas :)

Departure (delayed)

(Thunderstorms in forecast. Delaying until risk passes.)Leaving Sydney today. Heading north. May stop to see Aimee in Bundaberg. ETA Bundaberg 8 days. 3 pob + 1 cat. Daily position report via sat phone to WINLINK. Fair winds and following seas. :)Roger Jones/Sailboat Reboot
US Doc 1046300/Sail # USA 60493
Radio WDB8435/W2ZDB

Sydney departure

Leaving Sydney today. Heading north. May stop to see Aimee (biosecurity) in Bundaberg. ETA Bundaberg 8 days. 3 pob + 1 cat. Daily position report via sat phone to WINLINK. Fair winds and following seas. :)Roger Jones/Sailboat Reboot
US Doc 1046300/Sail # USA 60493
Radio WDB8435/W2ZDB
+61 (0) 476 768 335

Radar

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Reboot finally has a working radar again. When arriving in Brisbane the radar failed. In addition the mast bracket came loose. I shipped the unit off to Garmin™. They replaced it promptly with a refurbished unit with a one year warranty. I love this company. They have treated me exceptionally well. The problem was how as a solo sailor I was going to get the new unit up on the mast. Enter Manuel, my new crew for the trip to Cairns. Together we could do this. And we* did. But it took 6 hours on the mast. First we had to find new fasteners. That took four stores and several hours. Although Australia has decent stores they don't carry the diversity of stock found in the U.S. We finally found a specialty fastener store that carried the right size. Then we discovered that the old fasteners for the bracket did not want to come out. After several failed strategies we borrowed a hacksaw from the marina and cut them out. (Yes, Reboot has a hacksaw somewhere, in some locker ...) Next was g…

World of Warcraft

Centigrade to Fahrenheit

For those of us culturally challenged by the metric system a quick trick to choose you attire. Fair winds and following seas :)http://www.fodors.com/community/africa-the-middle-east/a-little-trick-for-converting-centigrade-to-fahrenheit.cfm

Breaking in the Nube (Manuel)

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Enough said.

Rugby

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Photo from the rugby night.

Scooter Day

Was on the back seat of a scooter for the first time in a very long time. Manuel, my new crew came to Reboot today. He still has his scooter so we used it to run errands. It took me quite a while to settle down and feel comfortable. Although there are far more shopping opportunities here in Sydney we went to three stores before we found one with pop rivets in the correct size. I also bought a spool of wire as the per meter cost was quite a bit more. Tomorrow if it is quiet I will climb the mast and put the radar bracket back up. Fair winds and following seas :)

Cat in a cabinet

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Open a cabinet, find a cat! I opened this cabinet to get out XO's food. Came back, found XO. Fair winds and following seas :)

Aussie Day

On Friday I had an Aussie day. I was invited to a barbeque on Bondi Beach. Then we went to watch New South Wales lose at rugby. On to a house party. Which was broken up by a neighbor at 2300 because "you are making too much noise." Then to Bondi Junction to go clubbing. But we faded quickly and went home. A fun day. Fair winds and following seas :)

New Jib

It was quiet this morning and I had help so we got the new jib out of the bag and up on the forestay. It is an ocean jib so it was really stiff. Even though Neil Pryde has made earlier jibs there is always that moment when you wonder if it will fit. And yes it did. It looks very nice all furled up. Fair winds and following seas :)

Safety

Yesterday I was with the guys who drive the launch. They mentioned that one of their rental boats had gone aground in an area that is (of course) forbidden for renters. They were going over to recover it. I had been swimming so I volunteered to come as someone would need to swim to shore. When we got to the site the waves were running 2 to 3 meters and the boat had broached and was sideways on the beach. We took one look and abandoned the effort. Today the marina work barge came out to pick me up. I asked about the launch. They told me that this morning they had gone back to recover the rental boat. Apparently the waves were much lower. The location is a straight shot from the harbor entrance so there is almost always swell. They got a line tied to the beached boat. As they tried to pull it off they were picked up by a wave and the rescue boat was thrown on shore. So now there are two broken boats. Apparently they were able to get the rescue boat launched and back to Balmoral but the…

That airy feeling

Today I was walking back to the dock and felt airy. Sure enough, got back to Reboot and discovered a rip in the seat of my pants. At least my boxers were clean! Fair winds and following seas :)

Imponderable

Why does red Locktite™ come in a blue tube and blue Locktite™ come in a red tube? Fair winds and following seas :)

Tune in, turn on, drop out.

Wth due defence to Timothy Leary this is actually a post about sailing. I am getting ready to head north as the hurricane season ends. So each day I turn everything on. And some of it doesn't turn on. Corrosion is a major problem on boats. I have learned the hard way not to wait until the last minute to test all the systems. Fair winds and following seas :)

The "paywall" and "free" advertising

This is a rant. Be warned.......[rant]I have two modes when it comes to the Internet. When underway or anchorage hopping I tend to ignore it. When it allows me to procrastinate in port I spend far too much time on it. Which brings me to my rant. As someone who travels from country to country I typically buy Internet access by the megabyte. I have concluded that my actual cost of access is 2x to 4x what I actually read. The reason: advertising (I never respond); sign up your friends (I never do); you might be interested in this (I never am); "sponsored posts" (a dimwit name for a paid advertisement that I never respond to); prefetch (downloading content I might look at (but never do) ; memories (that I don't care about); and so forth. The only solution is to avoid those sites. The current environment is worse than watching broadcast TV. So I am disciplining myself to limit my interactions to the absolute minimum. That brings me to the "paywall." For years the …

An excellent article.

For those of you who love the "administrative state" realize that every President gets to replace the administrators. I have long held the view that "outsourcing" law to " administrators" and "experts" is not only unconstitutional but a really bad idea ( like sailing into a hurricane or me getting married again!)

XO is greatly relieved. Taiwan bans slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption - BBC News

The simplest things

It was unseasonably cold this morning in Sydney. I decided to fire up my cabin heater. I has to remove the sea cover for the first time in about 1 1/2 years. Yes. The wing nut spins. So does the screw. In 58 F temps and 20 knot winds I decided to take refugee in the cafe on shore. Tomorrow when it warms up I will attack the problem. Fair winds and following seas :)

Young Endeavor

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Got a visit this morning from the Young Endeavor. They came in last night. We took the Balmoral Boatshed launch out to say hi.https://www.youngendeavour.gov.au

Sunshine

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I don't need a sleep mask. I use my tail.

Fact Checking

This article is great. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39180855Fair winds and following seas :)

Sunshine

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After almost one month of daily rain XO enjoys a sunny morning. Fair winds and following seas :)

Biosecurity Visit

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Matt comes to Reboot to check on XO (The Wonder Cat.) Fair winds and following seas :)

My coffee lady

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One end of the launch run is Reboot, the other is coffee. Fair winds and following seas :)

$1.00 Flyswatter

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Next time I will go for the $2.00 model. Fair winds and following seas :)

No Rules

Like most production boats Reboot has Rule™ bilge pumps and float switches. They claim the lifetime of the switch is longer than my projected lifetime. Not so much. The good news is that the bracket is a snap in saving me all sorts of work. Mission accomplished. Fair winds and following seas :)

Bugs

The natural kind. One of the first rules of cruising is to never let cardboard on your boat. It is well known that cockroaches lay eggs in cardboard. In the past couple of days I have had a different twist. Flies. All of a sudden I have had a bunch of flies on Reboot. They were not healthy. That is they were easy to kill. I finally traced the source. At least I think I did. The boxes of kitty litter. When I opened one I discovered plastic bags of litter inside. Since then I have removed all of the litter from the boxes and the boxes from Reboot. No more flies. Fair winds and following seas :)

Collision

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Just rescued a Hobie Cat that had flipped and drifted into Reboot. The skipper was not heavy enough to right here. A quick grab of the top of the mast with a boat hook did the trick. Great little boats.Fair winds and following seas :)

Grow Fur

Went out in search of parts (unsuccessful.) Came back, XO borrowed under the blankets. Time to regrow some fur after a year in the tropics. Fair winds and following seas :)

A mixed day

A couple of days ago I had major dental surgery. I have four holes in my jaw and about 16 stitches. I am living on otc pain medication. It is not a lot of fun.April 1 is (was, here in Australia) the end of my insurance hurricane exclusion. I can now sail north to Cairns and get positioned for the Sail 2 Indonesia rally. With the aftermath of Hurricane Debbie in my path I am not in a big hurry to leave*. I do, however, need to focus on all those nagging tasks to get Reboot ready. [Procrastination is my finest skill, apathy my middle name.]. Yesterday it was quiet at dawn. And not raining. A miracle! It was a good time to take the old jib down. It came down without a hitch. Of course I had it close hauled so it would fall on deck. Reboot said "lets go sailing" and took off! Fortunately I was still attached to the mooring. I was hesitant to raise the new jib alone even in light winds. With a couple of people it is much easier to get underway and then raise it rather than going …

Kitty Litter

Cruisers soon learn that things you take for granted at the grocery store aren't available worldwide. Who would have known that one of those things is kitty litter? Who would also have guessed that the latest and greatest kitty litter (crystals) would come in cardboard boxes? Not good for sailors, cardboard harbors cockroach eggs and absorbs moisture. And kitty litter is heavy; a pain to carry large amounts back to Reboot. None the less we are stocking up for oir coastal transit to Cairns.
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Fair winds and following seas:)

Minor damage

The first of the month is XO (The Wonder Cat) flee and tick day. I escaped with only one 2" long scratch. Victory! I don't have the heart to wrap him in a towel. When I was giving him eye drops twice a day he sat quietly in my lap. But he doesn't like the flee and tick liquid on the back of his neck. Fair winds and following seas :)

New Jib

Arrived yesterday. Getting closer to going sailing again.

Need Crew

Need up to three crew:Sydney, Australia to Cairns, Australia. Depart Sydney late April. Leisurely trip.Cairns, Australia to Indonesia, Island hopping in Indonesia with Sail 2 Indonesia rally. Depart Cairns July 15.Catalina 42 MK IICaptain (me) 30,000+ nm open ocean cruising experience.Contact winchgrinder4@gmail.com

Hurricane warning changes

s/v Val Rescue

Nick informed me that s/v Val is under tow and headed to Australia. Great news.


Fair Winds and Following Seas :)

They found s/v Val

Great news. Just got a call from the Australian RCC. s/v Val was sighted 35 nm of the Australian coast. Nick and Barbara must be happy.Fair winds and following seas :)

The Ugly

Copy of a Facebook post about the cruising life.
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Final thoughts on this thread offered after 8 years, around 30,000 nm (I stopped counting years ago,) and three ocean crossings (Atlantic solo, Atlantic crew, Pacific 1/2 solo, 1/2 crew):

1. What you read in the classic sailing books is very dated. The Caribbean has been destroyed by the cruise ship industry. Most islands are only interested in your money. The nightlife is gone. Cruise ships leave, everyone closes their stores and restaurants. I have never been in the Med (yet) but the Portuguese and Spanish coasts are not cheap.
2. Sailing is a very slow way to get anywhere. One hundred (100) nm per 24 hour day is a good average. If you are going to anchor between sunset and sunrise realize in the winter that is only 8 hours. At 5 knots average that is 40 nm. You need to plan. You can easily get "closed out." The Med in winter. The Caribbean and parts of the Pacific in hurricane season. Once there (wherever there i…

Allen Wrench Question (Help)

If you know the proper name for an allen wrench with a hole in the middle (hollow shaft) for use on anti-theft screws please email me at rebootagent @gmail.com. I want to buy a spare but don't know what to ask for/Google. If anyone has a source in Sydney, Australia that would be gravy..Thanks

Doing the 360

After the 60 minutes of sun a thunderstorm came through. Reboot has now done a 360 around the mooring ball. Such fun.Fair winds and following seas :)

Garmin 5012 Multifunction Display

Got it sorted with Garmin Australia. Once they realized it was on the U.S. books it all came together. Shipped it off today for repair. After 1 hour of beautiful sunlight we are back to thunderstorms. Nice. Fair winds and following seas :)

Cockpit time

Sat out in the cockpit for the first time in quite a while. The weather has been terrible. Lots of rain. Even when it is not raining the cockpit has been wet. Or it has been very windy. Tonight it was dry and the wind not too bad. Looking around I realized that even though there are lots of boats here I am the only one in the morning field. There are a couple of guest mooring balls and some choose to anchor out but there is no one here tonight. I have now traveled around Sydney Harbor quite a bit. It is the largest natural harbor in the world. That is part of the problem. It is so big that unless you go well in, even more than I have on land, there is no 360 degree shelter. Everywhere I go there is always some chop. Fair wins and following seas :)

Windows 1.0

My relationship with my Kindle Fire reminds me of Windows 1.0. Today I went to the art museum. I tried to upload a couple of photos. It uploaded 59 pictures from something called my "Amazon Album." I can't find most of these pictures on my Fire. I can' t find them on the web. Then I tried to create an album in the " Prime Photos app. Which of course was installed as purchase crap that I can't uninstall. The pictures I had just taken were not available. And no I don't autosave to the hacker universe a.k.a the "cloud." WTFHELPFair winds and following seas :)

NSW Art Museum

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Beautiful. Only did 15%. Will be back.